Our Providers

Rachel Watkins, PsyD

Queer Resilience Clinic, CA

Pronouns

she/her

Education

BA in Psychology UC Santa Barbara

PsyD in Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology

Certificate in LGBTQ Mental Health and Human Services, California School of Professional Psychology

Special Interests

Trauma, gender & sexuality, depression & mood disorders, anxiety, substance use/abuse, life transitions.

Therapy Style

I always start from a place of warmth and curiosity. We are all unique, shaped by diverse experiences which contribute to the multitude of stories we carry with us and which impact the way we move through the world. Together, we will explore, and in some cases work to rewrite, the often unconscious narratives that direct our lives, in order to move toward ease, growth, fulfillment, and well-being. The therapeutic relationship is something that we will enter into collaboratively, with a focus on not only your pain and struggles, but also on your strengths.

Modality & Approach

While I have been trained in, and draw from, a variety of modalities, I predominantly work psychodynamically, with a focus on the various systems and social forces that impact our personal struggles. Psychodynamic therapy is a form of depth psychology involving the interpretation of mental and emotional processes rather than focusing on behaviors alone. In practice, I seek to help clients find patterns in their emotions, thoughts, and beliefs in order to gain insight into their current self.

What book have you read more than once?

Harry Potter!

What is one thing you do daily that supports your mental and emotional well-being?

Plant care.

Interests

Plants, photography, hiking, reading, food.

License Number and State

PSY31126